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Brilliant Baltimore’s Light City Festival

Join us at Baltimore’s annual Light City Festival! Brilliant Baltimore is America’s first massive free festival and spectacle incorporating art, music, technology, and community. Come fly a drone, revel in technologically-advanced and brilliant masterpieces, and dance at the Silent Disco. From Water Graffiti, to light shows, all are welcome! This year, Baltimore’s annual Light City Festival runs November 1st until the 10th in conjunction with the Baltimore Book Festival, so keep an eye out for the following events!

Prepare to be Wow-ed

Baltimore’s Light City Festival is exciting residents and visitors with incredible artworks, innovations, and experiences!


The Discobug is a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle covered with thousands of delicate mirrors. Visitors may come spin the Beetle, as if it were a disco ball, and fully immerse themselves in the groovy setting! 


Glow-In-The-Dark Arabbers pay tribute to Baltimore’s past salesmen and street vendors.The installations are modern “horses and wagons” with LED lights and mobile components. Watch the arabbers light up the streets, while blending modern Baltimore and its past.


Watch a film in RowHouse’s Windows, connecting with Baltimore’s past and its strong community.


Take a ride on the Big Wheel for $5, while marvelling in bright lights and breathtaking views of the city.

Witness all Light City innovations here.


November 5th

Neighborhood Lights

At the Southeast Anchor Library, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

VIP Experience: Meet Carla Hall!

Purchase a $50 ticket online to meet Food Network star and celebrity chef Carla Hall, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sample on light appetizers and cocktails with friends, family, and Cultural Ambassador for the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History.


November 6th

Neighborhood Lights – Forest Park Branch

At the Enoch Pratt Free Library, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

VIP Experience: Meet Hill Harper!

Purchase a $75 ticket online to meet actor and award-winning author Hill Harper, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sample on light appetizers, sip cocktails, and enjoy a signed copy of Hill’s recent publication, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones. The star of ABC’s The Good Doctor is truly inspirational and awing – don’t miss out!

Clarence Ward III & Dat Feel Good

Baltimore’s Light City presents Clarence Ward III & Dat Feel Good, from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online to witness a complex and emotional jazz performance that encompasses the heart and soul of Baltimore.


November 7th

Neighborhood Lights – Herring Run Branch

At the Enoch Pratt Free Library, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


November 8th

Neighborhood Lights – Northwood Branch

At the Enoch Pratt Free Library, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


November 9th

Neighborhood Lights – Orleans Street Branch

At the Enoch Pratt Free Library, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


November 10th

Closing Night Fireworks Finale

At the Inner Harbor Venue, starting at 9:45 p.m.


History of Baltimore’s Light Festival

In 2016, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, (BOPA), launched its annual Light City festival to celebrate Baltimore’s significant cultural impact and community. Every year, the Baltimore waterfront showcases its arts, performances, music, and literature with brilliant lights. This transformative and innovative festival has attracted over 500,000 attendees. Don’t miss out on this year’s festival…it’s brighter and bigger than ever!